A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What people did the Bushmen resemble?

2. In "African religions," what does African religion focus on?

3. What, does Bessie feel that exploitation and evil are dependent on?

4. Who is the main character in Bessie's first novel, "When Rain Clouds Gather"?

5. What is a "bogadi," in African culture?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?

2. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?

3. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

4. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?

5. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

6. In "Social and Political Pressures . . . ," what astonished Bessie about the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

7. In "Makeba Music," how does Bessie describe the musician, Makeba?

8. In "Despite Broken Bondage . . .," how were women treated in Africa before independence?

9. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

10. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Natives Land Act of 1913 deeply affected the lives of the South African blacks. What was the purpose of the Act? What did the shortage of labor at the mines have to do with the passing of the Act? What were the consequences for whites, who allowed the blacks access to water or grazing land? What, do you think, was the main effect on the psyche of the one million black people affected by the passing of this Act?

Essay Topic 2

The artist, Gladys Mgudlandlu, was extremely popular in South Africa because of her escapism theory. Why does Bessie refer to her as "the exuberant innocent"? Does she think of her and her escapism theory as naïve? Does she see it as not wanting to deal with real issues? Do you think Bessie thought it was wrong of her to encourage the black South Africans to just "sit back and let God deal with it"? Was this just offering them a good excuse to do nothing about their situation? If there was no oppression, do you think that this artist would have been as popular?

Essay Topic 3

At the independence celebration in Botswana a student relays a story to the group. He says that when he shouted to burn the British flag, he was told that he was embarrassing everyone, especially the white people present. Why would anyone in Botswana care what the white people thought? Is Botswana held to a different standard because it's never been occupied? Do you think that some people think that they should appreciate the treatment that they've been given by the British? Do you agree? Do you think that the student's frustration stems from a perceived lack of understanding from the Botswana villagers of his passion for liberation? Does he look at blacks as one unified group while they are still looking at the situation from a Botswana point of view only?

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